Water Water everywhere and not a drop to drink
We have set ourselves a target of putting 120 wells in communities in Madagascar, but as ever we need your help to do this and in a small way address the desperate situation for a country where nearly 50% of the population, 12 million people, do not have access to clean and safe water.
High rates of diarrhoeal disease, stomach pains and Bilharzia are just some of the adverse health effects for people in these communities who often have only contaminated drinking holes or dirty streams and rivers as water sources. Alongside the fact that it is a time consuming task, often the work of women and children, it is clear that something has to be done. Working with our partner on the ground Feedback Madagascar, communities around Fianarantsoa in South East Madagascar have been identified, as the access to clean water is as low as 8%, and our task is now to raise the necessary funds to get to work.
The generous response of Suzanne Trew, Henry and Simon Wilson of Edinburgh and Gilbert Ash in Belfast means that our teams on the ground can get started, but this is just the tip of the iceberg. A new borehole well costs £3000 (a donation of £2400 + gift aid) but any contribution is greatly received as we aim to hit our target.
We will pair and combine donors, including Adsum's own contribution, to make up any shortfall in the total for each individual well, and donors will also receive detailed information on which community their money has gone towards helping.
Please go to our Virgin Money Giving page for more information and to make a donation today.